Meatloaf and Irrigation

Bacon-wrapped meatloaf, before and after. Baked on a cookie cooling-rack, the fat renders out onto the cookie-sheet below, so it’s not boiling in its own juices, and PLUS it’s more of a low-cal food! You flatten it after it comes out off the mold-pan in order to bake more eavenly.

The large stones at mid-left will become the edging for the widened pathway with a gap at the driveway edge, and more of the big stones (instead of small) will line the driveway in proper neolithic fashion. Not quite enough to build a mini-dolmen or cromlech, but the thought has crossed my mind.

All this crap is coming up!

Two points on the perimeter got capped, with some water on “Station #1” continuing to be delivered to the Japanese Maple, while an errant break occurred in “Watering Circuit #3” that had to be patched-up. Oops!! A trip to Ace for some 45-degree elbows and fresh pipe was necessitated.



Something like 1200-calories were burned leaving a sweaty stench in the air and muddy clothes that needed washing.

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6 thoughts on “Meatloaf and Irrigation

  1. Ah, yes. The joys of home ownership (wouldn’t have it any other way). Back when the kids were still kidlets, my oldest roaming the yard one day queried “Dad, why is it all wet over here?”. So the front irrigation system was installed when the house was built. They came off the street feed upstream of the main house shut-off, straight to the anti-siphon, which is where the ground was soggy. Turns out they screwed an iron pipe nipple into a PVC coupling, cracking it. Of course the leak was upstream of the anti-siphon.

    Two things that made this chore so much fun. 1) Had to shut off at the street, so job must be finished today. 2) About 20 feet away was a very large tulip tree, whose white roots in a muddy hole are almost indistinguishable from 3/4 inch white PVC.

  2. I wish I dared put in a drip system buried like that! Unfortunately our freeze thaw cycle would do an epic job on it. Hell, this past winter it burst the fire suppression system at work, twice!

    • We normally don’t get the kind of weather we’ve gotten this year, over 200+% of “normal” rain and snow, but a frost did come in and burst a line down below the Airport Lounge house. And I have to dig it out and fix it before we turn-on the irrigation for summer, but it’s a slurpy mess still so I need to wait till it dries-up a bit, like maybe in June. Still, the new area will get watered by a simple sprinkler since we still have water-rationing in effect for the Western Slope off the Sierras.

  3. LOL, I can hear Percy hollering now, “leave them damn dripp’ns alone, their for the gravy”.
    Really like your rock work, and kudos for using varied sizes.
    People that put in all the same size rock, or all small gravel with a lone big rock (smack dab on top), drive me crazy… .It never looks right…

    • I scooped the drippings up with my fingers and straight into my mouth! The fat that rendered out of the bacon and meat was mostly very clear, which kinda surprised me.
      There are big-big rocks, medium ones (bigger than fist-size), and small ones – and the occasional lump of serpentine or quartz which we use for decoration. We decided the smooth river-rocks don’t go well in a mix with the others (vs. rough field-stone), and need to be separate just among each other IMHO. Plus they are more slippery to walk on, so we put them by the road so nobody wants to park there. We are going to use all the small rocks for the pathway bedding, bounded by the much bigger ones, and use the medium sized ones up on the hillside to cover other areas.

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